D700 owners: did you consider Canon 5D2?
AF speed and accuracy. I shoot sports only and the 5D2 is only marginally better than the 40D from an AF perspective. If the 5D2 had the 1D3's AF and FPS it would be a killer sports camera and probably called a 1D4! The other reason I like the D700 is the lower MP's I shoot 1200+ images per game and really don't want the big files that the 5D2 produces.
I don't have a D700, but I do have a D70, D300 and a D3. When I purchased the D300 and D3, I never considered Canon for two reasons:
1. I already had Nkon equipment including lenses that would not work on a Canon.
2. My new FX Nkon lenses are better than the Canon counterparts so why would I want to go down in quality?
thru the lens and into the world~~
AF speed and accuracy. I shoot sports only and the 5D2 is only
marginally better than the 40D from an AF perspective. If the 5D2
had the 1D3's AF and FPS it would be a killer sports camera and
probably called a 1D4! The other reason I like the D700 is the lower
MP's I shoot 1200+ images per game and really don't want the big
files that the 5D2 produces.
I don't know this but surely you can turn down the size of the images in the 5D2.
Had Canon for 5 years and slowly lost confidence in the products.Chose D700 on the merits of the very usable high ISO s.I live in the uk where light levels are low most of the year, also i shoot the odd wedding where the inside church shots will be non flash and needing ISO s of 2000+
I choose the D700 for its DR, especially in the shadows, even at high isos.
Pixels only matter when you print very large, otherwise it's more like a "geek feature"
I seriously considered the 5DMKII
Given I have been a Canon user for a long time - -
And have a mess of lenses and flashes and - all the stuff you need to do work...
I bought a D700 and am glad I did - the focusing is spot on and fast -
Exposures seem better to me right out of the camera as compared to my EOS 1DII and I am most pleased with the Nikon flash system.
I may pick up a 5DMKII, when I can afford it and they get under $2K even if that means a lightly used one -
But not before that -
After lots of reading, I'm pretty familiar with the relative
strengths of each. What tipped the balance toward the Nikon for you?
At the time I bought the D700, there was no 2Dii to be considered. Also I already had some $6000 spent on lenses, which fit the D700 marvelously but would not work on the Canon. In addition, I like and very much prefer the Nikon ergonomics (my wife and a good friend of mine shoot Canon so I am familiar with both systems). So, no, I never even considered buying a Canon camera before ordering my D700.
...until I realized how feature poor the 5D2 is for a photographer
Double the shutter lag and mirror blackout of the D700
Ancient AF array from the original 5D
AEB limited to 3 frames (vs. 9 for the D700)
+ - 2EV exposure compensation (vs. + - 5EV for the D700)
No AF assist lamp
No built-in Speedlight
No built-in wireless flash commander
No built-in intervalometer
Ancient battery-grip design (requires the removal of the in-camera battery and door)
4FPS vs. 5/8FPS on the D700
Sub-par auto-ISO mode
Sub-par weather sealing
More high-ISO noise than the D700
Sub-par evaluative metering
Very questionable quality control thus far
Canon 5D Mark II Full Test
"All things considered, the Canon EOS-5D Mark II is a very impressive digital SLR. For the Canon enthusiast who wants to step up to a full-frame body, it's an excellent choice. I'm not quite sure that it's the ideal camcorder replacement, due to the lack of continuous AF when you're recording a movie. I've spent time with all three of the "budget" full-frame D-SLRs, and I'd place the Mark II second on my list. My favorite camera in this class is the Nikon D700, with its slightly better photo quality, faster continuous shooting, more elaborate autofocus system, and built-in flash (though it lacks a movie mode). But honestly, whichever of these cameras you choose, you can't really go wrong -- they're all excellent."
the faster, more accurate AF of the D700. I need rapid AF in low light (dance performances, concerts, indoor sporting events) with good burst speed. I looked long and hard at the Canon, but in the end, it's novelties couldn't compensate for what it lacked (for my purposes).
Chose Nikon over canon for the following:
Nikon Flash System - this is a big one for me
High ISO noise levels
the colors from the D700 were more to my liking. Canon colors need some work
14-24mm f2.8 and 24-70mm f2.8 (then again, canon has that nice f1.2 glass)
The D700 is more to my tastes - from a controls/buttons standpoint
The onyl advantage I see with the 5D2 is the higher resolution - just a matter of time before Nikon meets or exceeds that with it's next generation SLR.
Because of its silent mode, video mode and the fantastic 24-105 IS lens.
But, owning a couple of nikon lenses and a bit of accessories, it would have been very strupid to change while within a year from now there will be a nikon that has all strenhghts of the D700 and 5DMkII together, and more...
I prefer one really good picture in a day over 10 bad ones in a second...
Tried all the Canons when I changed from Olympus. Just prefered the Nikon, in every way.